Local Government - Economic Project Officer - 17.59ph

Job Description

VANRATH are delighted to be assisting our major Public Sector client, a large and well-known organisation with the recruitment of an Economic Project Officer to join their team based in Newtownabbey.

This is a Full-Time Monday - Friday position. 9 - 5.


£32,000 + fantastic benefits in a modern organisation e.g. Flexi time, free parking & excellent modern offices.


  • To support Business Development Officers in the delivery of a range of economic development programmes.
  • To provide economic advice and guidance, to individuals, local businesses, those interested in starting a business, social enterprises, investors, tourism providers and other relevant organisations.
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive programme of economic development activities.
  • Co-ordinate casual staff resource to facilitate the successful delivery of events and exhibitions.
  • Review and analyse business plans, accounts, financial projections and documentation submitted in support of funding applications.
  • Provide advice and guidance to support project promoters, including appropriate procurement and eligibility requirements.
  • Verify project expenditure and vouch claims received from project promoters and appointed delivery agents, ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of funding and audit requirements.
  • Assist with the financial management of the Section, including the preparation of estimates, monthly budget reports and projections. Operate within agreed budget limits and timescales and raise and deliver orders through the organisation's finance system.
  • Assist the Business Development Officers in undertaking quotation/tendering processes for the appointment of appropriate contractors to deliver projects.

Essential Criteria:

  • A relevant third level qualification on the UK Qualification and Credit Framework at level 4 and above in a Business related discipline.
  • Possess a minimum of 1 years' recent experience in a wide range of economic development activities in one or more of the following disciplines: Economic Development, Rural Development or Community Development.
  • A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes.
  • Full current driving license and access to a suitable form of transport.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of project/programme management and delivery involving processing funding applications and financial claims.
  • Practical experience of project monitoring and evaluation methods.
  • Knowledge of EU and other funding programmes.

For further information on this opportunity, or any other position in Belfast or wider Northern Ireland, please apply via the link below or contact Conor Birch in the strictest confidence.